SO 200. INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

Syllabus

Third Exam Essay Questions

STUDY GUIDES

Giddens et al., Chapters 1, 2, and 3
Giddens et al., Chapters 4, 5,, and 6
Giddens at al., Chapters 7 & 8
Giddens et al., Chapters 9-11
Giddens et al., Chapters 12-13
Giddens et al., Chapters 15-16

CHAPTER 1 - tHE sOCIOLOGICAL peRSPECTIVE AND RESEARCH

Here are my notes on C. Wright Mills, "The Promise," a chapter from his book, THE SOCIOLOGICAL IMAGINATION.

DEAD SOCIOLOGISTS SOCIETY

chapters 2 & 3  - culture and socialization

My notes on "human nature."

My notes on "Culture."

chapters 4 & 5 - INTERACTION, GROUPS, NETWORKS, AND ORGANIZATIONS

 

CHAPTER 6 - DEVIANCE AND CRIME

 

CHAPTER 7 - INEQUALITY, SOCIAL CLASS, AND POVERTY

Here is my outline (including notes and comments) of a chapter in a text different from the one assigned this semester.

CHAPTER 8 - GLOBALIZATION AND GLOBAL INEQUALITY

Here are my notes on a chapter about the World System in Harold R. Kerbo (2006), World Poverty: Global Inequality and the Modern World System (McGraw-Hill).

My notes on "Rich World, Poor Women" ─ A Bill Moyers special on Women and Globalization.

CHAPTER 9 - GENDER IENQUALITY

Outline of a chapter on gender in another introductory sociology textbook.

Chapter 10 - race and racism

Here are my notes on the three episodes of "Race: the Power of an Illusion."
    Episode One: The Difference between Us
    Episode Two: The Story We Tell
    Episode Three: The House We Live In

CHAPTER 11 - FAMILIES AND INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS

 

CHAPTER 12 - EDUCATION AND RELIGION

The institution of education is all about socializing students, first into society generally and then into specific technological and organizational roles. Part of that socialization involves weeding out particular persons and groups, essentially selecting them for failure.  Schools impart various myths that are intended to reinforce dominant ideologies, including individualism.

Lani Guinier is a distinguished law professor at Harvard Law School.  She has written extensively about affirmative action, electoral systems, and discrimination. In this article from Dollars & Sense Magazine, she examines the concept of "merit" and its relationship to university admissions and student performance.
"The Meritocracy Myth"

CHAPTER 13 - POLITICS AND THE ECONOMY

 

CHAPTER 15 - URBANIZATION & THE ENVIRONMENT

 

CHAPTER 16 - SOCIAL MOVEMENTS & GLOBALIZATION